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Every New Years Day, for the last 10 years, I have hosted a New Year’s Day Mystery Quilting Event and it is SO much fun!

The class project is titled Medallion Mania and (hint, hint) the quilting is mainly feathered wreaths! Generally, no hints about the quilting are given, but this time I made an exception.

This is how this Mystery Quilting Event works – when you sign up for the class you will receive the piecing instructions. Choose the class project size you want to make – this year there is a Wall quilt, Twin size quilt and Queen size quilt – piece the quilt top and have it on your quilting machine, ready for quilting on January 1, 2018. On that day, about 8 am Pacific time (usually a little earlier) the first “Part” of the QUILTING will be activated on the website. Then, about every 1-1/2 – 2 hours throughout the day, other Parts of the class will be activated. By the end of the day you will have all the Parts to the class and (maybe) have the quilting done on your own class project!

If you are busy on New Year’s Day, don’t worry, you have 60 days of 24/7 access to the online class AND at no additional charge, a DVD of the class and all printed material will be sent to you!

Here is a photo of the Wall size quilt, 60 x 60 inches, BEFORE quilting! Click on the photos for a larger view.

And here is the Queen size quilt, 96 x 96 inches, which is the quilt I am quilting in the class video.

As you can see, the piecing is super simple. But the quilting – for that you have to attend the class on New Year’s Day!

Note – the quilt blocks are 34 inches! That is a LOT of room for quilting!!!!

If you have a small throat quilting machine or you quilt with your home sewing machine, YOU can attend this class! I am showing several different ways to quilt the feathered wreaths, including using stencils and how to quilt on a smaller throat / sit down machine.

For more details on the Medallion Mania online class Click Here 

I hope to “see” you in class on New Year’s Day!!!

PS For more information about past New Year’s Day Quilting Events Click Here 

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day! I have posted a new online class, Feathered Heart Table Runners, and it is a FREE class!

These table runners are super quick and easy to piece and the quilting is what adds the pattern and texture. Using contrasting threads just adds to the beauty of the finished project.  The instructions include two versions – one version using templates to make the feathered heart and the other version uses a stencil to make the heart. Both versions are BEAUTIFUL!!

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Here is a photo of the Template Version of the Feathered Heart Table Runner. The heart is made using the Longarm U Heart Feather Guides.


And here is the back of the table runner –


Here is the Stencil Version of the table runner. I used the Longarm U Heart Feather Stencil  for the quilting design.


And here is the back –


In the stencil version, I include instructions on how to quilt the table runner if you have a small (9 inch) work space on your machine. You can also quilt the stencil version on your home sewing machine!

Both versions are relatively easy to quilt and they have a ton of texture.

To view the details about this FREE online class Click Here

If you make a Feathered Heart Table Runner, please send photos and I’ll post them on my blog.

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Recently, on an email group I belong to, someone asked how to quilt a Tumbling Blocks quilt that was hand pieced. I suggested the Continuous Curve technique for the quilting. Below are the stitching sequences I would use to stitch this quilt.

Note: There was a photo of this quilt, but I was unable to use it for the following illustrations. I recreated the quilt using EQ5 and the colors are similar to the original quilt.

Click on the illustrations for a larger view. A pdf file of these instructions are available at the end of this post.

Click on the title below for a pdf file of these instructions


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I finished quilting this quilt for my customer, Chris W. She did an excellent job of piecing and her quilt top was spectacular! The piecing pattern is Sidelights by Kari Nichols and it can be seen at http://www.classiccottons.com/t-designer-mountainpeek-creations.aspx

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I love the Asian fabrics used in this quilt and the piecing was excellent.

A close up of the upper right corner of the quilt. I used gold, high sheen polyester thread for most of the quilting. I used the Longarm University Sashiko Circles to create the continuous circles in the inner border and the Sashiko Stars template around the side blocks.

Detail of the upper left corner. I used beige, high sheen poly (HSP)  thread to quilt detail in the cranes and black HSP to quilt the black background.

Detail of the lower left of the quilt. I hope you can see it, I quilted Ying-Yangs in the large outer border using gold HSP thread. It does get lost a bit on the fabric but it does give a lot of texture. You can see the quilting in the inner borders really well.

Lower right of the quilt showing all the detail.

Detail of the back of the quilt. I hope you can see some of the detail. The fabric is dark and printed but it is fabulous for this quilt! I think you can see the Ying-Yang in the outer border.

This quilt was a lot of work to quilt, but a lot of fun and well worth the effort!

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My son and daughter in law are Foster Parents and today is one of their foster kid’s birthday party. Grandma Cindy is attending and bringing a quilt, of course!

I found this pattern a while back and have been wanting to make it for a while. It is quick, easy and isn’t very complicated to make. (Sometimes the brain needs something like that!) The piecing pattern is called Serenity from Cozy Quilt Designs. To view the details of this pattern Click Here  I used pastel fat quarters that I had from my stash and quilted it with the Kim Darwin pantograph pattern Shiva. For details Click Here. I used the 16 inch wide pantograph but it also comes in a 10 1/2 inch wide pattern. It is a bit intense, but not really hard, and a lot of fun to quilt. (Note: Oops! I didn’t realize that the larger size pattern was not on the website. I will be adding it when I am finished with the blog.)

I used Signature, 100% cotton quilting thread in the Tye Dye variegated color on both the top and bobbin and Warm Company, Soft & Bright needled polyester batting.

The quilt is 44 x 55 inches. Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

A close up of the quilt and quilting. I love the colors! At first, the quilt was really bland looking, but the quilting really made a difference!

Here is the back of the quilt.

One more photo of the back of the quilt. I thought I would be different and use two fabrics on the back.

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